Harry Maguire defends his former Man United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo after his exit from the club
‘He’s one of the greatest players of all time’: Harry Maguire defends former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo after the striker’s contract was broken following his controversial interview with Piers Morgan
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has defended Cristiano Ronaldo following the striker’s dramatic departure from the club.
The 37-year-old left Old Trafford after giving an explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticized United, manager Erik ten Hag and the Glazers.
Ronaldo issued a statement stating that “He loved Manchester United and the fans” but insisted he was ready to look for “new challenges.”
Harry Maguire has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after his controversial departure from Man United
The striker’s contract was broken after a controversial interview with Piers Morgan
While many condemned the striker for publicly complaining about the club, Maguire has been supportive of his former teammate.
Speaking ahead of England’s World Cup clash against the United States on Friday, Maguire said: “As a footballer nobody likes to be criticized but I think it’s an integral part of the game.”
“I have played with Cristiano Ronaldo for the last two years and he is one of the best players to ever kick a soccer ball.
“He gets criticized on a daily basis, so if it’s going to happen to him and the position I’m playing in for Manchester United, it’s going to happen to each and every one of us.”
“You have to work hard, train, do your best and that’s all you can do.”
Maguire praised Ronaldo’s ability to deal with criticism, saying it is part of the package of being a professional footballer for Manchester United.
Ronaldo became the first man to score in five different World Cups on Thursday night.
Despite his off-pitch antics, Ronaldo showed why he remains a force to be reckoned with during Portugal’s clash with Ghana on Thursday night.
He became the first man in history to score in five different World Cups, opening the scoring from the penalty spot in a thrilling 3-2 win for Portugal.
The victory puts Ronaldo’s side on top of Group H after Uruguay drew with South Korea, but there may be some concern about how close they came to Ghana.
Portugal is next in action against Uruguay on Monday.
The 37-year-old striker scored from the penalty spot after an earlier goal was disallowed